Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders)

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Nigel Kneale's Quatermass TV series spawned a brief film series produced over an eleven-year period; 1967's Quatermass and the Pit, released in the US as Five Million Years to Earth, was the third and (until 1979's Quatermass Conclusion) last of the features. As with previous chapters in the Kneale saga, the film begins with a baffling scientific discovery. This time it's an alien ship, alive after 5,000,000 years, discovered during the excavation of a new subway line. The craft is able to cause psychic disturbances in individuals genetically connected to the machine; it also prompts them to see dead Martians as ghostly entitites nearby. In time, conclusions drawn from these events lead scientists to shocking conclusions about the origins of the human race.


Andrew Keir
as Quatermass
James Donald
as Dr Roney
Barbara Shelley
as Barbara Judd
Julian Glover
as Colonel Breen
Maurice Good
as Sgt. Cleghorn
James Culliford
as Cpl. Gibson
Bryan Marshall
as Capt. Potter
Grant Taylor
as Police Sergeant Ellis
Sheila Steafel
as Journalist
Hugh Futcher
as Sapper West
Hugh Morton
as Elderly Journalist
Noel Howlett
as Abbey Librarian
Hugh Manning
as Pub Customer
Keith Marsh
as Johnson
Bee Duffell
as Miss Dobson
Roger Avon
as Electrician
Brian Peck
as Technical Officer
John Graham
as Inspector
Charles Lamb
as Newsvendor
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Critic Reviews for Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders)

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Audience Reviews for Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders)

  • Nov 28, 2015
    It's got more depth and action than films with ten times the budget.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2014
    The film looks like one of Hammer's classier efforts and the horror is downplayed in favour of 'Doctor Who'-like sci-fi. It's got a good reputation but I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the simpler horror vehicles from the studio and missed the presence of Cushing and Lee. Not my favourite Hammer then but a good effort.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2012
    A fun Hammer horror, with great if dodgy looking today practical effects, but isnt that always the case, what could be marsians are found buried in the london underground, and soon things go wrong, a tense if wooden first act, is nicely paced and a entertaining ending when it all comes to a head.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2009
    A mystery arises when skeletons and a capsule made of almost indestructible metal are discovered in a subway excavation. Talky, sometimes intriguing horror masquerading as science fiction, with a memorably apocalyptic conclusion.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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